The Babe in Boston. The 1957 San Francisco Seals. 1909 St. Paul Gophers. Buck Leonard. Joe DiMaggio.
A very cool photo of a young Babe Ruth during his early years as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The 1957 San Francisco Seals of the old Pacific Coast League. Unfortunately, this was the last year the Seals existed due to the Giants moving out West the following year and replacing the Seals as the hometown team in San Francisco.
A team photo of the 1909 St. Paul (Minnesota) Colored Gophers. I found this photo awhile back and fell in love with it and decided to a little research about the team. Here is some info I found out about the team, it’s pretty interesting stuff:
- The Gophers were not an official team of the Negro Leagues as the actual Negro Leagues were not created until 1920. The Gophers only existed from 1907 to 1910.
- The Gophers beat the Leland Giants in 1909, who were one of, if not the best team in Black Baseball at that time.
- The Gophers were the only significant Negro Baseball team to come out of St. Paul or Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- The Minnesota Twins have worn throwback Gophers uniforms on 3 different occasions: in 1997, 2005, and 2010. To check a VERY sweet photo of Carl Pavano pitching with the Twins in 2010 a Gophers throwback, click HERE.
- In 1909, both the Gophers and the Kansas City Giants both claimed to be the Western Champions of their league. Due to stats and rosters from this time being hard to find, neither team was ever officially crowned the champion.
1943. Buck Leonard approaches home plate after hitting a home run against the Newark Eagles at old Ruppert Stadium. In my humble opinion, the Homestead Grays had some of the greatest uniforms in Baseball history. Photos of Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson wearing their Grays’ uniforms will always be cool to me.
1941, Joe DiMaggio. Absolute perfection.